Joseph V. Cavanagh Jr. is the Managing Partner for the Providence, R.I. based law firm, Blish & Cavanagh.
An expert in civil litigation, Cavanagh has advised print and broadcast media clients on litigation avoidance, libel and slander actions, obtaining media access to judicial proceedings and court/government documents, Freedom of Information laws, public access law and prior restraint.
Cavanagh is a frequent lecturer and speaker, and has participated in numerous seminars and public panels on civil trial practice and First Amendment law.
A founding director of ACCESS/R.I., a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to improving access to government information in Rhode Island, Cavanagh has successfully litigated cases in both federal and Rhode Island and Massachusetts state courts as senior trial lawyer and head of civil litigation/trial practice at the firm. Cavanagh is a founding director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, and is frequently honored in the peer-review based rating publication, “The Best Lawyers in America.”